Support and Intervention

The help the child and their family gets from teachers and professionals and the ways this can help the child

  • The research report (BCRP) found:

    • Children with speech, language & communication needs get less support from Speech & Language Therapists and from Teaching Assistants in school than children with Autism, even though they may have the same needs


    • There are lots of good interventions and ways to work with children who have speech, language & communication needs


    • More could be done to improve support at a universal level


    • Teachers need to work differently in the classroom to help and support children with speech, language & communication needs better


    • Children in Secondary school receive less support than children in primary school


    • Children themselves say how adults and others talk to them is important. They also said they would like adults to listen more and not shout; they would like their peers not to tease them.


    • Parents need information along the way, not just when their child is being assessed. They need to know what is happening with their child, who is seeing the child and when.


  • Why are these findings important to you and your child?

    It is important that the support a child receives is designed to meet their needs and not related to a diagnostic label.


    Once the school or early years setting knows that a child has a speech, language and communication need they can start to give the child special programmes and help. They can also make sure that the child gets more help from teaching assistants and other people. It is important that the school use the right programme depending on what each needs and that they make sure they have enough assistants to help the children.


    It is important that settings know about good interventions and ways to work with children with speech, language and communication needs so that they make good progress.


    One source of information about interventions is the What Works database.

    The What Works website is designed for people working with children and young people. It has information and research which evaluates different speech and language interventions. It helps practitioners to see which approaches might be more successful for different children.


    Although it should help any decisions for individual children, it will need to be used alongside careful assessment and knowledge of the children and their individual situation.


    It's not designed specifically for parents, so does contain some technical information.


    However, knowing about What Works can support parents in having evidence informed discussions with practitioners.


    Schools can use the Communication Supporting Classroom Observation Tool to improve the way they work in the classroom with children with speech, language and communication needs.


    Some children continue to have language difficulties throughout primary and into secondary school so it is important they continue to be monitored and have support to help them communicate in every day life.

  • You can...

    - ask the early years setting or school exactly what extra programmes or help your child gets

    - ask the early years setting or school what special programmes and equipment does the school have to help children?

    - ask the early years setting or school about seeing a specialist such as a speech and language therapist

    - ask for regular updates on your child's progress and how the nursery or school are helping them


  • If you want more information these websites might help...

    The Communication Trust is an organisation that produces lots of useful resources for parents and professionals such as:

    Universally Speaking

    Communication Supporting Classroom Observation Tool

    Small Talk

    Speech, Language and Communication Progression Tool

    Level 3 Award (4337)

    The Communication Commitment

    What Works

    Other Ways of Speaking

    Don't get me wrong

    Communicating Phonics


    Talking Point this website gives you lots of useful information to help your child's speech, language and communication needs, such as:

    Progress Checker


    AFASIC supports parents and represents children and young people with speech, language and communication needs, you might want to read the article about the better communication research programme in AFASIC AbstrAct Autumn 2012:


    I CAN this charity specialises in helping children develop speech, language and communication skills, they produce lots of videos and things that can help such as:

    Working with Parents Toolkit

    Talk Boost Training

    Primary Talk

    Secondary Talk


    1Voice - Communicating Together: for parental support and information on augmentative and alternative communication (AAC):


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